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Red Alert Ransomware

The Red Alert ransomware was taken public on July 5, 2022 via twitter by MalwareHunterTeam. According to the ransomware’s own website, as of this date, Red Alert had only a single company on its victim list.

The group behind the attacks has used two appellations in its operations, Red Alert in its attacks and in its ransom notes, but also ”N13V” internally.

The malware targets VMWare ESXi virtual servers, both Linux and Windows. Red Alert is designed to be used by command line, allowing the threat author to shut down any virtual machine that is active.

The Red Alert ransomware is then able to encrypt the files corresponding to the virtual machines, such as .vmdk disks, SWAP files, blogs and others.

After the encryption process, the ransomware generates a .txt file named ”HOW_TO_RESTORE” with the details about the ransomware procedure. In this document is mentioned the name ”Red Alert”, the ransom amount as well as a link for payment in MONERO cryptocurrency, which is the only currency accepted for the ransom.

The group has been attacking companies, practicing double extortion. Which means that before encrypting the data, the Red Alert ransomware manages to steal the information about the virtual machine.

This practice is widely used by hackers, allowing the authors of the threat to demand a ransom not only to acquire the decryption key, but also to prevent the release of the stolen data.

The Red Alert ransomware is a new malware with few executed attacks, so it is expected that in the coming days the group will continue to attack more and more companies around the world.

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For more than 23 years, Digital Recovery has been operating in the market of data recovery in various storage devices, such as Storages, Databases, Virtual Machines, RAID systems, Servers and others.

Secrecy and security are part of our daily vocabulary. For this reason we base all our solutions on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We also provide our clients with a confidentiality agreement (NDA)

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Ransomware Recovery FAQ

Every day, ransomware attacks get better and better. After a successful attack attempt, ransomware quickly maps the user’s most important files to begin encryption. Microsoft Office files, databases, PDFs and design are among its main targets.
Ransomware is designed to go unnoticed, so it can disable all system defences without being noticed and start the process of encrypting files. Even if ransomware goes unnoticed by the system, it can be noticed by the user, as it uses system resources to perform the encryption, which can slow down the system. Ransomware also changes file extensions. So look out for these signs: slowing down the system and adding extensions to files. To find out more, talk to our experts.
Yes, this is possible. You can restart the computer in safe mode, which will limit the action of the ransomware since the system resources will be locked. You can also disconnect the computer from the Internet, which can interrupt the hackers’ connection to your system, it should be noted that there are ransomwares that work even without being connected to the Internet. You can also run diagnostics to identify threats with your antivirus software, the vast majority of antivirus software have this function. But there are cases where the encryption was interrupted by the user, some files had already been affected and this caused an error in the encryption and the hackers could not restore the files, even with the decryption key. In these cases, only a data recovery company, such as Digital Recovery, can recover the files. To find out more, talk to our experts.
Yes, the attacks mainly take place on holidays and weekends, in the early hours of the morning. These days are chosen because there are not many active users on the system, making it impossible to discover the attack before the encryption is complete. To find out more, talk to our experts.
The vast majority of ransomware uses RSA [Rivest-Shamir-Adleman] -2048 and AES [Advanced Encryption Standard] encryption. To find out more, talk to our experts.
First of all, do not pay the ransom. No matter what the hackers say, there is no guarantee that the decryption key will actually be released after the ransom is paid. The first thing to do is to inform the authorities about the attack. Governments have specialised cybercrime departments that will investigate the attack. Next, check if your backups have been affected, if so, only a specialist data recovery company can recover your files, this is the next step. Contact Digital Recovery who will assist you in the full recovery of your files. To find out more, talk to our experts.
After contacting us and sending the affected media, we will diagnose the device to verify the extent of the damage caused by the ransomware, which will allow us to predict the duration of the process and provide the client with a budget. Once the budget is approved by the client, we begin the recovery process, for which we have proprietary software that can, with the help of our specialists, reconstruct the data. If the client opts for remote recovery, instead of sending us the media, they will send the encrypted files to a virtual environment, totally secure, so that we can access them. At the end of the process, we will perform a double check so that the customer can verify the integrity of the recovered files. Payment is only made once the files have been delivered and validated by the client. To find out more, talk to our experts.
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